Titanfeet? Watch this modder play Titanfall with custom-made foot pedals

Celebrity modder Ben Heck creates gaming footpedals and uses them to grab items and run through Respawn's new game.

Gamers no doubt know that some more advanced PC titles require serious finger dexterity, but what if you could map some of those controls to your feet to free up your hands? That's exactly what celebrity modder Ben Heck did for his latest custom creation showcased on Newark element14's The Ben Heck Show.

As you can see in the video below, Heck created two programmable foot pedals that plug into your computer through a USB cable. The master modder demonstrates his creation using Respawn Entertainment's multiplayer shooter Titanfall. He maps the left WASD pedal to allow him to grab objects, while the right WASD pedal makes the character run. The Titanfall part of the video begins around 16:30.

The foot pedals can even respond to two stages of input, allowing users to map multiple button presses to a single pedal. One can be used for a partial press and another for a "full range of motion." Of course, such foot controls work better for supplementary functions like switching weapons or crouching, in turn freeing up your hands to focus on more important controls like aiming.

The custom foot pedals will be given away to the element14 community.

Heck is a veteran modder with dozens of extreme creations to his name. Some of these include single-handed Xbox One and PlayStation 4 controllers, as well as Xbox 360 laptops, portable Nintendo 64s, and a NES Micro. Heck charges $125/hour for custom creations and you can read more about his products and services at his website.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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35 comments
dannyg1533
dannyg1533

I'm so tired of seeing articles about Titanfall. I'm so bored of this game and the media is trying to squeeze water out of a stone with it.

enoslives7
enoslives7

I wonder how good those work in the single player missions. Oh wait....

Chatch09
Chatch09

I really want to use these to play death metal songs on Rock Band.

devilzzz1983
devilzzz1983

There is a product like this already for pc.  I believe it is Stinkyfeet or Stinkyfoot or something. :S

In regards to these sort of products yes I would want one cuz I would much rather have certain abilities hit with my feet vs slipping on keyboard keys / keyboard key combos or poorly placed mouse buttons like many mice have.  Still haven't seen the perfect mouse for me ever so yes I would consider using one of these but I would like the price to come down from what I have seen of these sort of things already.

Aletunda
Aletunda

I think people are missing the point of prototyping, its obviously not a finished product and is an initial prototype of 1 idea, it is very clever and would require further development, but the show is about prototyping interesting ideas.

teller76567
teller76567

Wow i feel like i wasted my time..if some one is going to get paid 125 bucks an hour makes me wonder how he acts when he should be doing work. A cool way to pass time by if you know how to wright code. But i will pass i have had so much Titan Fall thrown in my face i'm tired of it, also no single plalyer up your respawn you gave the people like me that enjoy a single player campaign the finger i can give you one right back.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

I wonder if that can be considered cheating.

daviz88
daviz88

meh...........this just fells cumbersome

kerrman
kerrman

Though I was hoping it was peddles that made you control the Titan walking (one for each foot to step realistically), this is still really cool.

Alecmrhand
Alecmrhand

Ben Heck is a friggin genius. Ive been watching his show here and there since it started and its cool as the other side of the pillow. Some of the stuff he does is whimsical but its always thoughtful and inspired. His work modding game systems alone, is worth your time, especially if you find technology and engineering interesting.


Its better than most of the recycled bunk on regular TV these days. I think the entire catalog of episodes is available on his YouTube channel.


Check it out next time youre bored.

Pewbert
Pewbert

Titanspot. EA thanks you.

Rammone4
Rammone4

"Oh, this is really basic...", "Oh, I can remap my other pedals to do the same thing...", "Oh this is no big deal", "Oh this isn't gaming news..." Blah Blah Blah!! 


It's easy for you to say these things while not haven't done anything at all, or at least not having anything to PROVE that you have or can. 


It's like when people sit in front of their monitors, or with their mobile devices, it empowers them to spew all sorts of nonsense.


Actions speak louder than words, and this person thought up, designed, and implemented something cool, and especially something cool to work in a non-normative setting, and decided to share it. I won't appeal to your sense of "inner appreciation" because most people on here have been unreasonable since their inception within the ball sack!

sephirothsfan02
sephirothsfan02

And the award for the most useless mod goes to...whoever made this weird mod lol

DrKill09
DrKill09

This is entirely pointless.  Neat, but impractical.


Not news worthy.


A group of ranchers recently won a victory against the BLM.  THAT is news, not this.

Halloll
Halloll

I can remap my flight sim rudder pedals to do the same too, don't see how this is amazing.

foodrules
foodrules

Titanfeet. I bet Eddie took the rest of the day off after thinking up that beauty

zerohournow
zerohournow

@Gelugon_baat how is this cheating, it is just a different controller....If i have a better video card, is that cheating?

teller76567
teller76567

@Gelugon_baat  I would consider it a grey area...fine line between is and not. But to me i consider that cheating it alters the game. But like i said it's a grey area because people can use their 360 and xbox one controllers on p.c. So it depends on the person that looks at it how ever another thing like i said alters how the game should be played...  

_Silent_Jay_
_Silent_Jay_

@DrKill09 Yeah, and that's exactly what sort of news a videogame site covers.  Right.

zerofrust
zerofrust

@DrKill09  News worthy for who? Living in Canada here, I don't give a shit about it.

spenta
spenta

@Halloll  because he designed, coded and built the thing himself, did you build your flight sim rudder pedals yourself?

noirtenshin
noirtenshin

@bu3aDeL_Maz  because you have products like that available on the market (with remap software). It would probably cost you more to make it (time to learn+make+mats vs time to earn that cash).

Not to mention that it has very limited use, because most of the games tend to ease up the keyboard use, because not everyone wants to buy things like that.
And when you want to buy things like that, you usually want to use them for driving sims, flying sims, or mech-like games (which are limited on the market) and have complete product solutions (wheel/joystick with pedals).
If you just want more utility, some people buy the MMo mice that have like 6-12 additional buttons on them.

foodrules
foodrules

@bu3aDeL_Maz Because Facebook will buy it so you can control your news feed with your feet while on the Occulus Rift.

DrKill09
DrKill09

@_Silent_Jay_ @DrKill09  When a standoff could start another American revolution, you bet your ass it should be on a gaming news site.  It affects everyone in the US.


And you missed my point entirely.  There are actually important things going on in the world.  A guy playing a video game with his feet isn't one of them.


God damn you guys are stupid.

xFinding_DeMox
xFinding_DeMox

@DrKill09  Your point is stupid and moot. This is a gaming website where they report gaming news. Leave now please and troll CNN you idiot.

noirtenshin
noirtenshin

@mr_nee @spenta @Halloll  well the programming is at least. I never learned enough electronics to make custom mechanical buttons. But codding the USB connection and mapping them + custom behavior (functions) is really something basic.